6 August 2012


There is something magical about taking a 5 centimeter cutting, rooting it and then developing it into a bonsai. Some might say: "A very long slow process." Not so, if you use special processes, such as, a large pot, an extensive feeding program and sacrifice branches.
Some of the advantages are:
  • It is a way to obtain rare and sought after species.
  • Your potential surface roots can be placed and trained from early on in the tree's life. You will have no major scars as a result of heavy pruning.
  • Your cuttings will bear the same characteristics as the parent plant.
  • It is an inexpensive way of adding to your collection.


Deciduous:  July to December
Evergreen:  August to May


Dappled shade protected from wind.


Take cuttings of 5 to 10 cm long, trimmed from parent plant with sharp secateurs. Place each one directly into Dynaroot solution and then plant them into containers of vermiculite or perlite.


  • Daily watering.
  • SUPERthrive should be applied twice a week.
  • After a month cuttings may be watered with SUPERthrive added to Hortisol or Seagro.


Damping-off should not occur if:
  1. You have sufficient air circulation. You do not over-water.
  2. Your growing medium drains well. Orion can be used if there is a fungal problem.
Using the above simple method I have propagated, just to mention a few, the following species:
  • Cedrus atlantica
  • Hinoki cypress
  • Japanese black pine
  • Diospyros whyteana
  • Cotoneaster
  • Junipers of many types
  • Coleonema
Give cuttings a try! It is very creative and rewarding!

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